Shatrughan Sinha Inserts Himself in the Yashwant-Jaitley Brouhaha

Shatrughan Sinha and Yashwant Sinha at Patna Collegiate's 182nd Foundation Day celebration on Aug. 11, 2017.

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Patna: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former film star Shatrughan Sinha on Thursday came out in defense of his party member and former Finance Minister of India Yashwant Sinha saying by being a critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's economic policies, Yashwant Sinha was only doing his patriotic duty as a citizen of India.

"Yashwant Sinha's criticism towards Arun Jaitley (current Finance Minister) is in line with Prime Minister's recent message of putting country before the party. I strongly believe that everything Mr. Sinha wrote about the current economic policies is in the party's and nation's interest," the former Bollywood star said in Delhi adding Yashwant Sinha was only showing a mirror to the current administration and spoke nothing but truth.

The former Finance Minister who, like Shatrughan Sinha, also hails from the undivided Bihar, in an op-ed in Indian Express, tore up Arun Jaitley on his economic policies saying from demonetization to the GST, the steps taken by this government was a colossal economic failure and an unmitigated disaster that would make things even worse in the coming days making it tougher for the BJP to maintain its seats in the 2019 general elections.

Criticizing the economic policies of the Modi government, Yashwant Sinha, 84, had said that due to certain decisions by the sitting Finance Minister, the economy fell to a three-year-low of 5.7 percent in the last quarter.

The Modi administration has pushed back on Yashwant Sinha's criticism of the economy saying the former Finance Minister was a disgruntled party leader who is still reeling with the fact that he was not included in the NDA government.

Sinha's son, Jayant Sinha, who is the Minister of State for Civil Aviation in the Modi administration, disagreed with his father saying the government was in the process of introducing 'major structural reforms' that required some hard decisions to create a 'New India' that offers good jobs to India's billion or so people.

In his own op-ed in the Times of India, Jayant Sinha writes: "The new economy that is being created will be much more transparent, globally cost-competitive, and innovation driven. Importantly, the new economy will also be much more equitable thereby enabling all Indians to lead better lives".

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